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  • January 3, 2017

    ACOG Mourns the Passing of Former President and Founding Fellow, Brooks Ranney, M.D.

    "The ACOG family is extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Brooks Ranney, a devoted doctor and scientist who dedicated his life to advancing women’s health care. Dr. Ranney served as president of ACOG from 1982-83. He is remembered for significant contributions to the field of obstetrics and gynecology, including as a founding member of ACOG. Over a career spanning 50 years, he published 75 papers based on results of clinical trials."

  • January 3, 2017

    Four Leading Medical Organizations Urge Congress to Protect Patients’ Access to Health Care

    Four medical organizations representing nearly 400,000 physicians and medical students have called on the 115th Congress to maintain Americans’ access to comprehensive health benefits and ensure a stable insurance market in any health reform legislation they consider. In a letter sent today to congressional leaders by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians, and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the organizations urged Congress not to increase the number of uninsured, to ensure a viable health care safety net and to ensure vital patient protections in the health insurance marketplace, among other recommendations.  

  • December 21, 2016

    ACOG Recommends Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping for All Healthy Infants

    In preterm infants, delayed umbilical cord clamping is associated with significant neonatal benefits, including improved transitional circulation, better establishment of red blood cell volume and decreased need for blood transfusion. It also lowers the incidence of brain hemorrhage and an intestinal disease called necrotizing enterocolitis. For term infants, it increases hemoglobin levels at birth and improves iron stores for several months, which helps prevent iron deficiency during the first year of life. Iron deficiency has been linked to impaired cognitive, motor and behavioral development.

  • December 21, 2016

    Ob-Gyns Should Focus on Creating Welcoming and Positive Environments for Transgender Adolescents

    It’s critical for ob-gyns to be familiar with transgender medicine because adolescents with gender dysphoria, or distress caused by the incongruence between one’s expressed or experienced (affirmed) gender and the gender assigned at birth, may first present to their gynecologist. Even when seeing a patient too young to consider hormone therapy, an ob-gyn can offer vital early behavioral health support, educational resources and referrals to specialists. This support helps ensure a more deliberate and smooth transition as patients age and begin to make decisions about how they want to live their life.

  • December 20, 2016

    Consensus of Health Experts Ensure that Women Receive the Preventive Care They Need

    The new HRSA-supported guidelines address a number of unique health issues and concerns that women face and span topics from screening pregnant women for gestational diabetes to prevention education and risk assessment for HIV in adolescent and adult women.

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